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Northeast Kingdom Community Action Tests Child Care Centers for Radon

BARTON – The Vermont Department of Health is testing child care facilities in Newport, Lyndonville, St. Johnsbury and Derby for radon gas at the request of Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA). Eventually, NEKCA hopes to test all 14 of their early childhood education centers. Nearly 200 children are educated and cared for by NEKCA Head Start.

“By testing for radon and switching to ‘greener’ cleaning products, we can create a better environment for the children,” said Linda Michniewicz, program director for NEKCA Head Start. “We want to reduce the risk of radon, and work to improve the overall air quality as well.”

The testing is mandated nationally by Head Start and included in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Action Plan to reduce the risk of radon in schools and childcare facilities. Prolonged exposure to radon, a colorless, ordorless gas, is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.